Yorkshire Chess History



Charles Smith Bennett











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



11/06/1825, Wakefield


19/07/1825, All Saints, Wakefield





Non-Chess Life


Charles Smith Bennett was born on 11/06/1825 (according to the baptism register), at Wakefield, to surgeon Joseph Bennett (born 1893/94/95/96 – his age in censuses was somewhat erratic, at Wakefield) and Hannah Bennett (born 1897/98, Spilsby, Lincs.), who had at least the following four children:


Joseph Henry Bennett


Edgar Bennett


Joshua Bennett

born c. 1823/24, Wakefield

Charles Smith Bennett

born 11/06/1825, Wakefield


The 1841 census found parents Joseph and Hannah living with Joshua, Charles and three servants at Wakefield.  Father Joseph was a surgeon.


The 1851 census found the parents, Charles and two servants living at Market Street, Wakefield.  Father Joseph was a surgeon, more specifically a Member of the College of Surgeons, London, and Licentiate of the Apothecaries’ Company.  25-year-old son Charles was now a general broker.


The 1861 census found essentially the same household, but with only one servant, still living at Market Street.  Father Joseph was no longer in practice, “except to the Lunatic Asylum.”


At some time from 1861 to 1871 Charles Smith Bennett married Elizabeth.  This couple had at least the following five children:


Sarah Bennett

born 1864/65, Wakefield

Rose H Bennett

born 1866/67, Wakefield

Alfred H Bennett

born 1869/70, Wakefield

Annie S Bennett

born 1875/76, Dewsbury

Thomas J Bennett

born 1876/77, Dewsbury


The 1871 census found parents Charles and Elizabeth living with the first three children, a boarder and two servants at the Mexbro Arms, Wood Street, Wakefield.  Charles Smith Bennett was now a beerhouse keeper.  Sarah and Rose were scholars.


At some time from 1871 to 1875 this Bennett family moved to Dewsbury.


The 1881 census found parents Charles and Elizabeth living with Alfred, Annie and Thomas at Dewsbury.  Charles was an unemployed eating-house manager.  At some time from 1881 to 1891, Charles changed occupation to that of corn miller’s agent.


The 1891 census found 65-year-old Wakefield-born corn-miller’s agent Charles S. Bennett residing ad a lodger at the Model Lodging House, 4 Piccadilly, Wakefield.  Charles was described as married, yet Elizabeth was not listed, so perhaps Charles was merely lodging there briefly while in Wakefield on business.




A record of the death of Charles Smith Bennett is difficult to locate.




“C. S. Bennett” of Wakefield played in the 1856: Huddersfield v Wakefield match, and in the 1861 Wakefield v Huddersfield match.


He attended the meetings of the West Yorkshire Chess Association in 1856, 1857, 1859 and 1862.





Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

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